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Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Paperback – January 1, 2014
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"Heather Holm has two passions: native plants and their pollinators, and she's combined these two loves into an incredibly informative and useful book that will help you choose the best plants for your wildlife garden to attract an abundance of native pollinators. She has effectively given us a botanical reference to native plants in conjunction with an entomological reference to native pollinators in one complete volume. ..."
"Everything about the book contributes to its ease of use, from the clean font to the color-coded tabs the top of each page. The information builds logically starting with explanations of the process of pollination and the structures of pollinators. There is a comprehensive chapter on conservation with practical advice on aiding pollinators in urban, suburban, agricultural and natural settings, including checklists for beneficial and harmful practices..."
"I am glad Heather Holm "slowed down" to observe the delicate relationships between native plants, pollinators and other beneficial insects. This book will inspire us to do the same, to experience the momement, with other living beings. This book is a wonderful tool to help us create, support and value these essential interactions in our gardens, communities, and region. I will refer to this guide book often."
- Erik James Olsen, Landscape Designer, Out Back Nursery & Landscaping, Hastings, MN
"This book, Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm, could not have come at a better time. The book provides much needed information on understanding the key concepts of pollination and a thorough overview of native insect pollinators. One reason that I really like this book is that it addresses all types of native insect pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies and beetles..."
- Ellen Honeycutt, Author of Using Georgia Native Plants blog.
"What I find truly unique about this book is that the author recognizes that a garden is an ecosystem. The gardener is a steward who works best when he or she understands how nature is working."
Full review: bugeric.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-pollinators-of-native-plants.html
- Eric R. Eaton, Co-author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America and author of the Bug Eric blog.
From the Back Cover
"If you are a person that lingers at flowers and gets close enough to marvel at all the bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, and flies that visit flowers for food, you will love this book. Heather Holm has compiled a gorgeous and super-informative guide to the pollinating insects that visit native prairie, woodland and wetland flowering plants. At last, a book that tells us the whole picture: the bloom time, range, habitat, and characteristics of flowers that attract pollinators, and the life-histories and fascinating traits of the many beneficial insects that pollinate the flowers. As I sit here on this cold winter day admiring the beautiful photos, I am filled with hope that our bees and pollinators will abound next summer and evermore."
- Marla Spivak, Professor, University of Minnesota
Top customer reviews
Chapter 4 covers prairie plants and the insects that interact with them, chapter 5 covers woodland edge plants, and chapter 6 covers wetland edge plants. Each plant gets between 2 and 4 pages. The first page gives a description, cultural information, and a brief list of complementary plants. The next 1-3 pages is devoted to insect interaction with the plant; not just pollinators of the plant, but insects that may prey on the pollinators, along with the various insects that may consume the foliage, flower buds, etc. Another chapter lays out garden plans for various situations: woodland edge, boulevard, rain garden, even plans to attract specific bees! I plan on having every plant she recommends for mason bees in my yard this year. (Last year I didn't see hardly any bees, and later, I didn't get very many berries on my blueberry bushes.) This chapter would also be really helpful to the garden design challenged. : )
This book should be read by every science teacher, be on every landscaper's and nurseryman's desk, and on every gardener's bookshelf. If it were, the bees and butterflies would soon be everywhere again!
Let me first say that this book is principally aimed at the layman, “citizen-scientist” market. Ms. Holm has done a delightful job of delivering the required scientific information without resorting to esoteric technical jargon. The writing is substantive, but yet retains a delightfully entertaining and engaging demeanor.
Heather Holm unabashedly admits that her effort was inspired by those of both Douglas Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home and the Xerces Society’s book, Attracting Native Pollinators. Holm’s new book takes these previous efforts and expands nicely upon them, extending upon the specific (sometimes obligate) interactions of both native plants and insects.
The book artfully manages to present a rather comprehensive overview while still remaining comprehensible – not an easy feat. The author’s personal engagement with her subject matter is pleasingly obvious. The personal insight she imbues into her prose and copious photos can only be gleaned from “been there” experience. The profuse personal insights are helpful gems of knowledge that just are not found in books – that is until now. Additionally, her background research is also quantifiably apparent. For example: she quotes from Nature’s Garden, a book written in 1900 by Neltje Blanchan, an author known for ‘synthesis of scientific interest with poetic phrasing.’
Personally, I have spent hours (perhaps too many) of summer joy viewing the struggles of bumblebees gathering pollen from Wild White Baptisia (Baptisia alba). The quote that Holm chose to cite from Nature’s Garden deals with the similarly-closed, somewhat difficult to pollinate blossoms of White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra). Although but a simple anecdote, I feel this type of “minor” descriptive information adds an immense amount of both clarity and the too-oft-missing joy in scientific reading material.
“It requires something of a struggle for even so strong and vigorous an insect as the bumblebee to gain admission to this inhospitable-looking flower before maturity; and even he abandons the attempt over and over again in its earliest stage before the little heart-shaped anthers are prepared to dust him over. As they mature, it opens slightly, but his weight alone is insufficient to bend down the stiff, yet elastic, lower lip. Energetic prying admits first his head, then he squeezes his body through, brushing past the stamens as he finally disappears inside. At the moment when he is forcing his way in, causing the lower lip to spring up and down, the eyeless turtle seems to chew and chew until the most sedate beholder must smile at the paradoxical show. Of course it is the bee that is feeding, though the flower would seem to be masticating the bee with its keenest relish! The counterfeit tortoise soon disgorges its lively mouthful, however, and away flies the bee, carrying pollen on his velvety back to rub on the stigma of an older flower.”
I am impressed with the amount of information presented in this 306 page book. It is simply chalked full of solid, descriptive information of both native plants and their most likely six-legged visitors. The format has a lot to do with maintaining a concise, intelligent presentation of the copious material. Particularly amazing is how she can sometimes include up to ten, well-cropped photos on a page without it seeming a jumbled mess. That is due to the superb organization, formatting and logical layout of the material, which frequently provides cross referencing to another page to both avoid redundancy and provide clarity.
Coupled with Bringing Nature Home and Attracting Native Pollinators, the addition of Heather Holm’s Pollinators of Native Plants to one’s personal library seems like a perfect trifecta.
It makes a strong case for lots of Rattlesnake Master.....